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Super Bowl 51 Recap

By: Lisa Cardoso

Who here loves a great Super Bowl and a great performance? We at Hip New Jersey do! From Luke Bryan singing the national anthem, the Patriots coming back with an unbelievable fight to victory and Lady Gaga’s performance our Sunday was filled with excitement! 

To start off super bowl 51,  Luke Bryan sang a classic version of the National Anthem. Last night, was redemption from the 2012 MLB All-star performance where he was criticized for reading the lyrics off of his arm. But that didn’t stop him! He melted our hearts and many others by his performance.

 

 

A record breaking nine Super Bowl visits, the Patriots are no strangers to this almost national holiday. With a final score of 34-28 in overtime the Patriots took home their fifth Super Bowl win against the Falcons. This is one of the best comebacks in NFL history. In the third quarter the Falcons had a lead of 28-3, causing viewers to believe Atlanta was taking this win home last night. Although, many try to analyze the Patriots nail biting performance, this was nothing short of a miracle.

Tom Brady is being depicted as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Being the first to have 5 winning Super Bowls under his belt. He was also named MVP.  Brady, tossed the ball to James White and fought his way and into the end zone for the winning touchdown. 

Even though, the Giants or the Jets didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, Hip New Jersey has to admit that last night’s game will be portrayed as one of the best Super Bowls in history.

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After the announcement that Lady Gaga was performing at Super Bowl 51 many were skeptical. We all know the political battles that have been taking place, and we all know that Lady Gaga is one who stands up for equality; We believed that she would take her 13 minutes and incorporate a strong statement of being ‘born this way’ to all of her ‘little monsters’ (fans).

In fact, she dove off of the top of the stadium and right into her incredible performance singing most of her top rated hits. Without indication of any political views. Lady Gaga kept her performance theatrical by not voicing any opinions. 

Her Atelier Versace leotard covered in swarovski crystals and matching boots was the perfect futuristic look. Lady Gaga is known for her fashion statements and this one is believed by many to be inspired by the late David Bowie.

During her short performance Lady Gaga had a costume change! She was given 13 minutes and she changed outfits, I know to many of us, an outfit change could take a few hours! Gaga changed from a sparkly leotard into a white cropped shoulder pad jacket with silver boy shorts. If that wasn’t hot enough, Gaga added fishnet stockings to her already sexy ensemble.

 

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WFAN’s “True Blue” Celebrity Softball Game

Hip New Jersey attended WFAN’s Boomer and Carton’s True Blue charity softball game. Over 17,000 fans packed Yankee Stadium to help support the NYPD and the families of slain officers Rafael Ramos, Wenjian Lou, and Brian Moore.

With four games of three innings each, Boomer and Carton’s event was successful in raising over $100,000. The proceeds went toward the families, the Silver Shield Foundation, and the New York PBA Widows’ and Children’s Fund. A roster of All-Star celebrities played the 1st, 84th, and 105th Precincts, and the Detective’s Endowment Association.

The emotional night began with the families of the slain officer’s throwing out the first pitch. Following, Jesse James Decker sung a moving National Anthem. Ten-year-old Texas native, Savannah Solis, also spoke about the importance of “thanking and loving” police officers.

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino had an opportunity to talk a few of the celebrities who came out to support the important cause. In attendance was #HipNJ resident and comedian Artie Lange, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, gold medal Olympian Sarah Hughes, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, and many more.

“It’s a great cause. We are supporting the real heroes that are out there,” says Rex Ryan. 

Other celebrities and sports stars also present were New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker, Giants punter Steve Weatherford, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and baseball legends Joe Torre and Bernie Williams.

Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton with the partnership of the New York Yankees organization were overwhelmed by the amount of support they received. Celebrities were lining up to participate and support the NYPD.

Esiason says of the event, “We are so moved and broken-hearted by the whole thing.  We felt like we had our own microphones, we had millions of listeners, and that maybe we can inspire a community to come out and support the NYPD.”